mm-hmm

interjection

ᵊm,
repeated and separated by the voiceless sound
How to pronounce mm-hmm (audio)
variants or less commonly mm-hm
used to indicate agreement, satisfaction, or encouragement to continue speaking
"Are you still coming over tonight?" "Yes, mm-hmm, yes." Gregory SendiYou do such a great job playing Branson. Mm-hmm. Lara Spencer"Can you imagine? Swimming in place!" Aunt Midge really wants to hit this point home. "And the water is nice and warm, to keep your muscles lithe." "Mm-hmm." I'm not really sold yet on the idea, which is fine because I know Aunt Midge hasn't yet finished her sales pitch. Kelly Harms

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mm-hmm was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Mm-hmm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mm-hmm. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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